Today I went to my first appointment with the nurse practitioner that my Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) recommended to replace my old endocrinologist. It was a little creepy at first, because her office is right across the hall from his office, and they have windows next to each door. Literally like 5 feet away. I tried to quickly scoot into the office before anyone across the hall saw me. It was rather funny actually. So I get inside, and wouldn’t ya know it, I remembered all kinds of crap to bring with me, except my insurance card! I left my wallet at home! I never do that??? *Gibbs slap* Luckily, I’m such a geek, that I had the info stored in my address book on my phone. So no big deal.
Anyway, the first thing I liked about this office was there were health and exercise mags in the waiting room. That’s a good sign. The wait from my scheduled appointment time was about 45 minutes, but boy was it worth it. Once I got to see her, I think we spent a full hour talking about my history, what I’m struggling with, baselines, prescriptions, attack plan, and so much more. It was definitely a “discussion” and not her dictating, which is exactly what I hoped for if you read my last article. I did not feel rushed like I always did with my last endo. I’m really happy with her!
So here’s why I’m happy with her. She did a FULL examination. Not just a quick haphazard “lets pretend I’m listening to your lungs” kind of examination. She checked my feet very closely since I told her about my beginnings of neuropathy. She actually said I passed completely?! She checked my infusion sites for scar tissue and infection. We discussed my concern that the neuropathy could cause digestion and dizziness issues. Answered my questions and set my mind at ease that she didn’t think it was affecting me that way. She checked my ears and discovered I have wax packed on my eardrum which is probably what’s causing my dizziness. Suggested seeing and ear nose and throat doctor. She knows enough about nutrition to know that 125 carbs per meal is ridiculous (my last endo didn’t understand that), and she recommends a rather paleo style diet to her other patients. She stays up to date on studies and research, and is active with the American Diabetes Association. She’s willing to communicate with me via email. No other doctor I’ve ever had have been either equipped, or willing, to do this. They’re smart enough in her office to know how to access my pump readings and settings through the CareLink website at Medtronic, from their office, so they can go look at my settings and make a recommendation for changes via email. OMG, HALLELUJAH!!! A health care provider that understands technology! They also are equipped to read my Dexcom and interpret it! She does everything! Oh, and when I told her I hated my Apidra and I wanted a script for Humalog again, she just gave me 2 bottles to take home with me. Finally, since my A1C is still rather high at 8.4, she wants to tackle that right away and see me each week for the next 4 weeks. Tweeking my pump settings, reviewing my exercise and meal notes, etc.
So now I want to reveal my nurse practitioners name, so that all my friends, family, and co-workers in the Quad Cities can know who she is, just in case you’d like a health care provider that’s amazing for your diabetes care. Her name is Brenda Borkgren and she’s board certified in diabetes care. Her specialties are listed as endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes care. For the time being, she’s accepting new patients. She has offices in Bettendorf, Rock Island, and even Geneseo. That picture at the top of the article is her profile picture. If you have diabetes, and you’re fed up with your current diabetes care provider in the Quad Cities area, I recommend you make an appointment with her today.
[CLICK TO VIEW HER PROFILE] http://www.unitypoint.org/clinics/provider.aspx?id=2614&clinicid=580&Brenda++Borkgren%2C+N.P.